The Tudor Dovecote and Stables are open for visits by individuals or groups all year round by prior arrangement. ‘Phone Philip O’Donoghue 01480 301494, or Judy Endersby 01234 838278, or email philip.ODonoghue@nationaltrust.org.uk or willingtondovecote@nationaltrust.org.uk In addition to being open on the last Sunday afternoon in the summer months, it is also used for other events, see below

We look forward to welcoming the public to our open afternoons on the last Sunday of the month April to September, with an interesting programme of displays arranged by Willington Local History Group and the Bedford National Trust Association. Casual visitors will as usual be looked after by local volunteers. 

On-going maintenance by Willington volunteers includes keeping the Dovecote car park tidy, regular sweeping out the Dovecote and Stables, and grass cutting round the properties undertaken with the kindly and much valued assistance of the Godber Family, James Wilkinson of C.R. Wilkinson & Son, Church End Nurseries, Willington, and Robin Braithwaite.

WILLINGTON DOVECOTE AND STABLES

April 29th – Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. Open Afternoon and Riverside Guided Walk around Bedford River Valley Park with The Forest of Marston Vale Trust starting at The Stables at 2pm.

 

May 27th– Sunday noon to 5 pm. Open Afternoon and Classic Cars at the Old Dovecote, arranged by Mervyn Askew.

 

June 23rd – Saturday guided tours, 2 pm and 3 pm.

 

June 24th - Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. Display ‘Women from Willington’s History’ and Tudor story telling for children. Tudor costumes to try and other activities.

 

June 29th – Friday evening, Peter Pan. Open air theatre performance with Immersion Theatre Company. Gate opens from 5 pm, performance at 6 pm. Tickets available on the evening. Cash, or cheques payable to ‘National Trust’. We are unable to accept credit or debit cards.

 

July 14th and 15th – Archaeology Weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Open 11 am to 4 pm both days; arranged by Albion Archaeology and Bedford Young Archaeologists.

 

July 28th – Saturday guided tours, 2 pm and 3 pm.

 

July 29th – Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Display ‘Women from Willington’s History’ and Tudor story telling for children, Tudor costumes to try and other activities.

 

August 7th – Tuesday evening, Classic Cars at the Old Dovecote, from 6 pm to sunset, arranged by Mervyn Askew.

 

August 25th – Saturday guided tours, 2 pm and 3 pm.

 

August 26th – Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Display ‘Women from Willington’s History’ and Tudor story telling for children, Tudor costumes to try and other activities.

 

September 30th – Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Display ‘Women from Willington’s History,’ and archaeology results from July. Tudor story telling for children, Tudor costumes to try and other activities.

 

This year no special evening tours have been scheduled, but these could be arranged for groups of 6 or more on Friday evenings June 22nd, July 27th, August 24th. For more details contact 01234 404879.

 

 

The buildings are also open at other dates and times, by arrangement

‘phone Phil O’Donoghue 01480 301494 or Judy Endersby 01234 838278

see the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk

or email willingtondovecote@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Some advertised attractions may be subject to alteration or cancellation.

Willington Dovecote and Stables, Church End, Willington, MK44 3PX.